Cybersecurity is an increasingly important concern for government agencies, defense contractors, biotech research firms and numerous other business entities that are concerned with the protection of their information capital.

Online Master of Science in Security Studies – Cyber Security Concentration | UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell's Master of Science in Security Studies: Cybersecurity Concentration provides students with a deeper understanding of computer network security for both private and government-run organizations.

This 10-course master's degree program offers students a unique combination of graduate-level courses in two distinct disciplines: criminal justice and information technology. The core criminal justice courses provide students with the opportunity to study contemporary issues in security management and cyber crime trends. The information technology electives allow students to study a broad array of computer and network security topics such as virtual systems management, cloud computing and digital forensics.

Courses are available throughout the year, with multiple start dates. You can take one course per semester or more, depending on your own personal time constraints.

Program Highlights:

  • Ranked #2 Best Online Master's in Criminal Justice in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report 
  • World-renowned faculty in Terrorism Studies, Criminology, Science, Engineering and Information Technology
  • UMass Lowell’s online programs have won numerous national awards for excellence
  • No GRE required 
  • Research opportunities with UMass Lowell's Center for Terrorism and Security Studies

Learn More About This Program:

For more information, visit UMass Lowell's website.



Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $585
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Graduate Degree Application Fee      $50
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Total for Course** $1,785 ($585 x 3 credits = $1,755 + $30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when check is returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.

For registration information, visit UMass Lowell's website.


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).



Applications to the Graduate Program in Security Studies are accepted and processed year-round. Students accepted into the program can begin their courses in the Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. To be considered for admission to this program, applicants must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a final cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. A wide variety of undergraduate degree programs qualify as an appropriate foundation for this master of arts degree, particularly those in the behavioral and social sciences such as political science, sociology, criminal justice, psychology, history, international relations and many others.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • A completed application, plus the application fee.
  • A statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcripts
  • International students: Submit your official test results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam.

Please refer to UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions website for detailed information about each of these requirements.


Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please contact the Solution Center at 978-934-2000 to determine eligibility.